2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Jeff DANNA and Mychael DANNA
The Green Dragon
VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-302 066 336 2
Brothers Jeff and Mychael collaborate on this drama concerning the lives of
Vietnamese refugees arriving in America in the aftermath of the Vietnam war.
The ‘Main Title’ has traditional Vietnamese instruments is a low-key rhythmic,
rather sombre piece that develops toward a dramatically satisfying conclusion
and this is actually the best piece on the CD. From here on there is a good
deal of emotion and agonising which the music depicts in a somewhat repetitive,
obvious way, although the score is never anything less than agreeable. There
is also a passable folk song included entitled ‘Mother’s Arms’ written and performed
by Barry Taylor.
After Jeff Dana’s wonderful work on ‘O’, I was hoping for great things
from this score, although to be fair here he is in collaboration and this may
be part of the reason why the music has a slightly watered down quality about
it. The truth is it just never really amounts to very much. The biggest problem
is the lack of variety, the tone of sentimental angst becoming a little cloying
after a while. Even so, not too bad, but I think the brothers should stick to
doing their own thing in future.